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Jewish Women's Archive – Weaving Women's Words

Jewish women across the country have helped shape and nurture their families, communities, and institutions, yet their contributions have often been overlooked. Weaving Women's Words, provides a collection of women's stories in their own voices with supporting documents to fill this gap. Born early in the twentieth century, and interviewed at the beginning of the 21st, our narrators lived through decades of political, social and economic upheaval, as well as dramatic changes in expectations for women and Jews.

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Oral historian Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Ruth Finkelstein on August 30, 2001 in Baltimore MD as part of the "Weaving Women's Words" project. Dr. Ruth Finkelstein, beloved doctor for generations of Baltimore women, promoted women's health and reproductive rights over a career that spanned half a century. Born in 1909, Ruth was raised in the Bronx and attended the Jacobi School, a private academy for Jewish girls. With her father's strong support, despite limited financial means,...
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Sarah Harris on May 24, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Sarah Kappelman Harris divides her life into three parts: her family, her work with Hadassah, and her work with HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). Born in 1910 to Russian immigrant parents and raised as an Orthodox Jew, Sarah attended Goucher College, graduating with a degree in Romance Languages in 1930. She taught Latin...
Topics: Immigration, Motherhood, HIAS, Hadassah
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Lois Blum Feinblatt on March 31st, 2001 in Baltimore MD as part of the "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born in 1921 to Baltimore's Hoffberger family, Lois Blum Feinblatt has focused her professional career, volunteer efforts and philanthropy on providing mental health, adoption and mentoring services in Baltimore. Lois married Irving Blum in 1941 while still a student at Hood College. (She later graduated from Goucher College.) After the birth...
Topics: Weaving womens words, philanthropy, mental health, adoption, mentoring services, JWA, mental...
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Cecillia Etkin on June 14 and August 1, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Cecillia Pollock Etkinâs faith in Judaism delivered her from seven concentration camps during the Holocaust and in 1950 to the Seattle Orthodox Jewish community where she lovingly served as the âmikveh ladyâ for 27 years, from 1970-1997. Born in Sighet, Romania in 1922, Cecillia was deported to...
Topics: Holocaust Survivor, Education
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Meta Buttnick on May 31, June 20, and July 17, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1913 to Irish émigré parents, Meta grew up among "living libraries," men who told stories of their lives on Alaska's frontier. Educated in Dublin and Paris, she moved to Seattle in 1939 with her husband, Harry, where they raised three children. Meta...
Topics: Orthodox, Oral Histories, Archives, Storytelling
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Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Rose Pines Cohen on April 24, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Weaving Women's Words project. Born in 1911 into a family with deep rabbinic roots, Rose Pines Cohen was raised, after the early death of her mother, by her grandparents in Lithuania. She and her siblings were reunited with their father in Baltimore in 1922, where Rose continued her Hebrew and Judaic studies in the Talmud Torah schools of South Baltimore. By her early teens, Rose began...
Topics: Beth Yehuda Hebrew School, Judaic studies, Talmud Torah of South Baltimore, Education, Planned...
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Vivienne Shub on September 4, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Encouraged by her father's sense of drama in storytelling and advice to follow her passion, Vivienne Shub became an actress. Born in Baltimore during the deadly flu epidemic of 1918, Vivienne attended music classes in her youth at the Peabody Conservatory and frequented local theaters before enrolling in full-time...
Topics: Actress, Theater, Education, Music
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Jane Krieger Schapiro on April 11, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A fourth generation Baltimorean born in 1922, Jane Krieger Schapiro's independent spirit found expression in her leadership of numerous community organizations. She studied journalism at New York University, but returned to Baltimore, graduating from Goucher College in 1952. Jane eloped with Leroy Cohen in...
Topic: Jewish philanthropy, The Associated, Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Chizuk Amuno...
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Reva Twersky on June 19th & 27th, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A medical social worker and community service volunteer, Reva Twersky works for both Jewish and secular organizations to serve those in need. Born and raised in Seattle, Revaâs grandparents and parents, leaders within the Ashkenazic Orthodox community, instilled a love of family and community in her. Reva...
Topics: Volunteer, Orthodox
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Deborah Ross interviewed Mindy Weisel on October 19, 2010 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. The first baby born in the Displaced Persons Camp at Bergen-Belsen right after the war, Mindy Weisel grew up with the responsibility to âbe everythingâ to her parents, who had survived Auschwitz. Today, she is an acclaimed abstract artist, working in paint and glass. In her interview, she talks about how she felt when she realized that...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Art, Holocaust
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Magda Schaloum on June 5, 2001 in Mercer Island, WA as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Holocaust survivor Magda Altman Schaloum speaks out on behalf of all Holocaust survivors and their families. Born and raised in Hungary, she endured acts of antisemitism throughout her childhood, and in 1944 and 1945 Magda was sent to several concentration camps. She lost both her parents and her brother. Magda met her...
Topics: Holocaust Survivor, Antisemitism
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Alice Siegal on July 10 and July 19, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A social reformer and political activist, Alice Siegal is a tireless advocate for families and disadvantaged youth and a fierce opponent of discrimination wherever she encounters it. Born and raised in Seattle, Alice grew up within the Orthodox, Ashkenazic community. Alice's maternal grandmother and mother were...
Topics: Activism, Volunteer
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Carolyn Danz on May 11, 2001 and May 16, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A Seattle native of Ashkenazic-German descent, Carolyn Danz grew up in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. She was a lifelong member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the oldest Reform Congregation in the Pacific Northwest. Carolyn graduated in 1939 from the University of Washington with a BA in Fine Arts, married...
Topics: Family, Art
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Rebecca Benaroya on July 17, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A renowned community leader and philanthropist, Becky Benaroya and her family extend the love and generosity she learned as a child. Born and raised in Seattleâs Sephardic Jewish community, Becky is devoted to Seattleâs elderly populations, the cityâs Symphony and arts programs, and the preservation of her...
Topics: Sephardic, Heriatge, Art
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Ingeborg B. Weinberger on May 20, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Ingeborg B. Weinberger has worked much of her life with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), helping new immigrants and refugees to resettle in the United States. Born in 1920 to a popular local doctor and his wife in a small town outside Leipzig, Germany, Inge's once comfortable life was radically changed...
Topics: Immigration, Germany, Athlete
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Deborah Ross interviewed Joan Nathan on July 12, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Joan Nathan is the author of numerous cookbooks, each of which focuses on an aspect of Jewish life and culture. She is not only a cookbook author but a cultural historian and food writer as well. Her books educate about Jewish life, tradition, and Jewish history. In her interview, she talks about her Jewish identity and the impact visiting...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Food, Culture, History, Author
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Shirley Selis on March 8, March 13, and May 5, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Known as "Fuzzy" to her friends and family, Shirley Selis was born in 1917 in Baltimore and developed a lifelong passion for dance in childhood. A frail child, Fuzzy's parents sent her to learn eurythmics at the Peabody Conservatory, where she was recruited for ballet at age ten. When the...
Topics: Dance, Education
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Frieda Sondland on May 1 and 17, 2001 in Mercer Island, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A designer of haute couture, Frieda Sondland used her creative skills to survive the Holocaust. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1921, she married Gunther Sondland when she was sixteen and a half years old. When she was seventeen, and pregnant with her first child, Frieda and her parents were forced to leave...
Topics: Designer, Fashion, Holocaust, War, Marriage
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Elsbeth Levy Bothe on September 14 and 21, and on October 22 2001 at her home in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Weaving Women's Words project. Early influences in Elsbeth Levy Bothe’s life included her extended Hamburger family and their retail men’s clothing business, and her attendance at the progressive Park School, from which she graduated in 1945. She describes how areas of Pikesville and Baltimore corresponded with religious affiliation and...
Topics: Lawyers, Sex discrimination against women, Judges, Civil rights, Criminal law, American Civil...
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Elsie Miller Legum on April 19, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Infused with the centrality of family unity from an early age, Elsie Miller Legum was born the fifth of eleven children in 1915 in West Baltimore. At age 17, shortly after graduating from Western High School, Elsie eloped with Sidney Miller. She continued to live at home and date other boys until her "legitimate...
Topics: West Baltimore, Family, Family Business
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Deborah Ross interviewed Naomi Harris Rosenblatt on December 31, 2010 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Naomi Harris Rosenblatt has had a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. as a psychotherapist and Bible teacher. Born in Haifa, she lived in Palestine during the time of the British Mandate and witnessed first hand the birth of the state of Israel. After her marriage, she moved to the United States, which has been her home...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Bible, Psychotherapy, Israel
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Dorothy Franco Muscatel on April 12, 2001 and April 19, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A vibrant social organizer, Dorothy Franco Muscatel was born in Seattle in 1917 to parents who, in 1910, were among the first Sephardic Jews to immigrate to Seattle from Rhodes, Greece. Her parents and grandmother were instrumental in creating important Seattle Jewish institutions, including...
Topics: Sephardic, Volunteer
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen-Ferris interviewed Ruth Surosky Levy on September 8, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Ruth Surosky Levy was passionate about her family and her Judaism. She was born in 1922, just 1 year after her Russian immigrant parents settled in West Baltimore. During her childhood, Ruth's mother convened meetings of the Zionist group, Pioneer Women, in the family's store, Surosky's Butcher Shop. Having...
Topics: Immigration, Zionism, Military, Education
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Clementine Kaufman on March 16, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A tireless advocate for social justice, Clementine L. Kaufman was born in 1924 in Baltimore County. The daughter of Rabbi Morris Lazaron of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Clem lost her mother when she was eight years old. Cared for by a series of governesses as a child, she gradually assumed a central role in...
Topics: Social justice, Education, Writer
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Oral historian Roz Borsntein interviewed Louise Azose on April 18 and May 26, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born into a rabbinic Sephardic family in Bursa, Turkey, Louise Maimon followed her parents and siblings to Seattle in 1927 after her father was called to serve as a rabbi for Sehpardic Bikur Holim congregation. Married in 1929 to Jack Azose, they raised four sons and one daughter. Long active in Seattleâs...
Topics: Immigration, Sephardic
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Ann Nieder on July 11, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. An energetic social reformer, Ann Lustig Nieder worked for both Jewish and secular organizations throughout her life. Born to Ashkenazic parents, Ann grew up on Capitol Hill in Seattle. In 1945, she received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington in Nursing. She married Lawrence Nieder, a businessman, in...
Topic: Volunteer
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Deborah Ross interviewed Aviva Kempner on February 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner was born in Berlin after World War II to an American father and a Polish mother. Her desire to understand her parents led her to a career in filmmaking. Although she herself did not live through the Holocaust, she used her first film, Partisans of Vilna, to highlight the heroism of those...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Filmmaking, Jewish Heroes, WWII
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Molly Cone on May 22, 2001 and May 29, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A prolific and well-loved author, Molly Cone has penned numerous childrenâs and young adultsâ books, travel articles, educational materials, and a history of the Jews in Washington State. Born in Tacoma to Latvian emigrants, Molly grew up in a close-knit family steeped in Jewish traditions. Married in 1939...
Topics: Writer, Travel, Tradition, children books
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Beatrice L. Levi on February 4, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Activist, innovator and visionary, Beatrice L. Levi has created educational opportunities for Baltimoreans of all ages. Born in Baltimore City, Maryland in 1919, Beatty was raised by her grandmother and mother after the death of her father when she was just five years old. Exposed to the cultural world of New...
Topics: Suffrage, Art, Education
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Laurie Schwab Zabin on April 29, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Laurie Schwab Zabin's interest in reproductive health began in a volunteer capacity and then led to a distinguished professional career at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Born in 1926 and raised in Manhattan, Laurie obtained a degree in English literature from Vassar and a master's degree from Harvard....
Topics: Health, Education, Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood
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Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Edith Furstenberg on March 16, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A social worker and homemaker, Edith Furstenberg has dedicated her life to family and the pursuit of social justice. Born in Baltimore in 1910, she was a member of the large Hollander family. Encouraged by her father's liberal views on education, Edith attended Goucher College, traveled alone in Europe as a young woman, and...
Topics: Jewish Women, Social justice, Social worker, Education
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Amalie Rothschild on August 19, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A well-known painter and sculptor, Amalie Rothschild discovered her penchant for drawing while still a young child. Born in 1916 to a German-Jewish family in Baltimore, Amalie graduated high school during the Depression and went on to study fashion illustration at art school because it seemed practical. After...
Topics: Art, Fashion illustrator, Education, sculptor
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Ann Kaplan on March 30, 2001 in Mercer Island, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Ann Meyers Kaplanâs family moved to Seattle from New York City in 1910 when Ann was three. Her father opened a tailoring business in Pioneer Square. For Ann's parents and many Russian immigrants like them, the Settlement House and the socialist-leaning Workmen's Circle were centers of Jewish community life. A...
Topics: Advocacy, Hearing Impairment
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Oral historian Pamela Brown-Lavitt interviewed Dorothy Wittenberg on April 26, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A tireless and loyal volunteer for Jewish causes and Sisterhood, Dorothy Wittenberg initiated and planned, prepared and served the Ida Weinstein Luncheon at Council House for over 25 years. Born in Denver, Colorado, Dorothy grew up in one of the only Jewish families in Tacoma, Washington. After her father's...
Topics: Family, volunteer of Jewish causes, sisterhood, Ida Weinstein Luncheon
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Shirley Bridge on June 27 & August 8, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. One of Washington Stateâs first female pharmacists, Shirley was born in Seattleâs Swedish Hospital in 1922. She practiced pharmacology until she retired at age 66, and with her husband, Herb, raised two children. A pioneer on many fronts, Shirley was one of the first Jewish women to become a...
Topics: Pharmacist, Firsts, Health, Cancer
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Ruth Frankel on August 7 and August 15, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Hebrew school teacher Ruth Frankel dedicated her life to Jewish education and the welfare of the Jewish people. Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1916, she grew up in a close modern Orthodox home, attending Hebrew school from kindergarten until high school. Together with her sister, Lisbeth, Ruth...
Topics: Holocaust, Immigration, Education, Modern Orthodox
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Deborah Ross interviewed Randi Abramson on January 23, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Randi Abramson is the medical director of Bread for the City in Washington, D.C. A primary care physician, she has devoted her career to providing medical care to underserved people in the nationâs capital. In her interview, she talks about the challenges and rewards of working with poor people. She reflects on growing up Jewish in...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Identity, Doctor
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Selma Cohen on July 9, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A devoted mother and wife and an influential saleswoman, Selma Litman was born in 1917. Although her father, one of the few Jews in Russia to have gotten a college education, died when she was just 20 months old, Selma was raised on stories that her mother and siblings regularly shared about him. As the youngest girl...
Topics: Motherhood, Fashion
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Lillie Steinhorn on July 7, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. With 65 years of government service, Lillie Steinhorn holds the national record for being the longest employed federal employee. Born in Baltimore in 1911, she has lived there her entire life, except for a brief period during the 1930s when she lived in Washington, D.C. She graduated from high school in 1930 and worked...
Topics: Government, Career, Record
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Susan Leader was born in Springfield, Vermont in 1951. Her life story is rooted in both the Jewish-American experience and the back-to-the-land movement of the early 1950's in rural Vermont. Her grandfather left Poland and settled in Bennington, Vermont about 1910. There he led religious services, gave Hebrew lessons and opened a meat market and grocery store. As his finances improved prospered, he purchased farmland and property in the downtown area. Her parents met and married in college. As...
Topics: Vermont, Land movement, potter
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Hanna Weinberg on June 10, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. The daughter of a scholar and rabbi, and the wife of a scholar and rabbi, Hanna Weinberg spent her life sharing her love of Judaism with her family and the extended Jewish community. Born in 1927 in Germany, Hanna lived for a short time in Lithuania before moving to the United States when her father became a teacher at...
Topics: Immigration, Education, Orthodox
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Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Nina Lederkremer on May 24, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Nina Lederkremer's personal and professional lives were characterized by courage and resilience. Born in 1920 into a comfortable family in Poland, Nina's life was torn apart when the Nazis invaded. She escaped by fleeing to Russia and then to Asia, ending up in a displaced persons camp after the war. In 1951, she...
Topics: Immigration, holocaust, education, Hadassah
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Darryl Bloom on August 15, 2005 in Montpelier, Vermont as part of DAVARâs oral history project. Darryl was born in Chicago in 1946 and grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where she spent Saturday mornings helping her mother arrange flowers in the nearby Presbyterian church. She attended Antioch College in Ohio and graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in elementary education in 1970. After meeting and...
Topics: Vermont, Jewish women, converts, education, cultural exchange, social services
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Antoinette considers herself 'Jewish by discovery.' Her father's Italian Catholic family came from Sicily and her mother's Protestant family from England, Ireland and Scotland. Her parents eloped and were married by a Baptist minister in a small wedding. Antoinette was born in Washington, DC in 1945. Her mother brought up her two daughters in a local Baptist church, inculcating in them her personal values of tolerance and acceptance. Her mother worked as a secretary for the State Department and...
Topics: Vermont, gemologist, Shir Shalom, Jewish Lights Publication
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Minna Shavitz on March 12, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A fixture at two of Baltimore's best-known and beloved restaurants, Minna Shavitz was influenced by the strong role model of her working mother, who owned and operated a dry goods store in Georgia with her father. Born in 1910, Min was raised in a small town outside of Atlanta, where hers was one of only two...
Topic: Restaurant, Sullins College, Nate's and Leon's Deli, Pimlico Hotel
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Naomi Kellman on July 9, 2001 in Baltimore as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Naomi Kellman, born in 1911 in East Baltimore, was a longtime chronicler of Baltimore Jewish communal history. The oldest of four children, Naomi and her family shared a large and gracious home in the Windsor Hills neighborhood with her aunt and uncle. She graduated from Goucher College in 1933 and was a frequent contributor of...
Topics: East Baltimore, Writer
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Deborah Ross interviewed Mindy Portnoy on November 9, 2010 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Rabbi Mindy Portnoy was one of the first women to be ordained as a rabbi of the Reform Movement of Judaism. Throughout her career, she has served as both a Hillel rabbi and as a pulpit rabbi in Washington D.C., and is the author of several childrenâs books, the most well known of which is Ima on the Bimah. Rabbi Portnoy talks about her...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Food, Culture, History, Author
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Ventura Israel May 31, 2001 on in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A native of Seattle, Ventura Israel was born in 1915, two years after her parents immigrated from Turkey. Forged as a strong woman by the deaths of men in her family-her father's in 1928, her first husband's in 1970, and her second husband's in 1989-she helped support her family during the Depression, and as a...
Topics: Sephardic, Volunteer
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Ellen David Friedman on November 8, 2005 in East Montpelier, Vermont as part of DAVARâs oral history project. Ellen David Friedman was born in New York City on May 7, 1952. Since she was 12 years old, she has been a passionate activist. After reading Jonathon Kozol's Death at an Early Age, an account of growing up black in the public schools, she organized her school friends to read the book, and then sell copies door...
Topics: social activist, vermont bio, united farm workers, vermont teachers union, united electrical workers
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Frances Berman Sulsky on April 30, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Frances Berman Sulsky, born in New York in 1910, was known for over half a century as Baltimore's leading milliner and trendsetter. She took chances in the retail world of women's fashion that distinguished her both as a merchandiser and a businesswoman. While a young girl, Frances was sent to live with her...
Topics: Fashion, Art
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Leni LaMarche on May 24, 2001 and June 25, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A gifted student, teacher, and comedienne, Leni LaMarche has shared her love of Sephardic culture with Seattleâs Sephardic community for over sixty years. Born in Seattle to immigrants from the island of Rhodes, Greece, Leni has lived most of her life in Seattle. She has one daughter from a first...
Topics: Sephardic, Names, Writer
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Micky Loveman on August 14, 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Recognized by a noted retailer as the "Number One Shoe Salesperson in America," Micky Loveman spent a lifetime working in Baltimore's retail shoe business, building a loyal client base. Micky was born in 1918 and moved to Baltimore from Massachusetts at age seventeen to live with her aunt and uncle, after her...
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Oral historian Pamela Brown-Lavitt interviewed Althea Stroum on July 23, 2001, August 27, 2002 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born in 1922 in New York City, Althea moved to Seattle with her family at age 14 in 1936. Married for 58 years to Samuel N. Stroum, they had two children, and together dedicated their lives to philanthropy and community service. Althea received the Israel Bond Woman of the Year award in 1980. In...
Topics: Philanthropy, Community Service, Awards
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Bess Fishman on May 30, 2001 in Baltimore MD as part of the "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born in 1909 in East Baltimore, Bess Fishman's life was shaped by family businesses, working first in her parents' grocery store and later with her husband. Steeped in her father's Zionism, Bess attended Hebrew school five days a week and had to complete her secular studies in night classes at Baltimore's City College after she left Eastern High School to...
Topics: East Baltimore, Jewish Women, Zionism, family business, volunteer historian and archivist
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Oral historian Marcie Cohen-Ferris interviewed Esta Maril on May 22, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Social worker, innovator and arts enthusiast, Esta Maril has focused endless energy on enhancing the social welfare of children and promoting the arts. Born in 1921, Esta's childhood was heavily influenced by her mother's role as the family's main breadwinner. Esta majored in English at Johns Hopkins University and...
Topics: Social work, Education, Art, Johns Hopkins University, U Penn
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Arva Gray on June 25 and August 9, 2001 in Bellevue, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A Mormon convert to Judaism, Arva Davis Gray was a leader in the Seattle Jewish community and a self-described âkitchen Jewâ who served as president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, as a member of the Boards of many local and national Jewish organizations, and was a founder of Bellevue's...
Topics: Conversion, Cooking, Food
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Blanche Narodick on June 6 and July 25, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Journalist and international Red Cross volunteer, Blanche Gordon Narodick graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington and earned a masters degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, launching her career as a journalist, ghost writer, and public relations...
Topics: Writer, Journalism, Volunteer, Red Cross
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Judith Chalmer in Winooski, Vermont on November 3, 2005 as part of DAVARâs oral history project. Judith Chalmer was born on November 4, 1951 in Buffalo, New York. Judith's maternal grandparents came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her mother was born in New York City and grew up in Greenwich Village in the 1920s. Her father grew up in Germany. In 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, the Nazis...
Topics: Poet, holocaust poetry, poems of a mixed inheritance, Arts of Vermont
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Bernice Stern on June 22 and July 31, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A native Seattleite born in 1916, Bernice Stern was the youngest National Council of Jewish Women officer elected at the national level, and first woman elected to the King County Council. She attended the University of Washington from 1932-1935, leaving to marry Edward Stern. Mother to two young boys,...
Topics: Volunteer, Activism, Civil Rights
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Bernice Rind on June 5, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A child virtuoso on harp and long-standing champion of the Seattle Symphony, Bernice Rindâs musical career began at age seven. At age 11 she debuted professionally and retired from touring at age 23 when her mother grew ill and Bernice longed for a more "normal" life. A Seattle native whose parents...
Topics: Music, Harp, Child Prodigy, Art
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Deborah Ross interviewed Susan Stamberg on March 28, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Susan Stamberg, longtime host and special correspondent for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a world that totally enwraps you in Jewishness. While not an observant Jew, Susan nonetheless feels sociologically and ethnically Jewish, and credits Jewish values, among other...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Broadcast Journalism, Radio, NPR
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Marcie Cohen Ferris interviewed Rosalie Silber Abrams on May 24, 2001 at her home in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Weaving Women's Words project.  Abrams, an advocate of progressive health measures, was born in Baltimore, the daughter of Isaac and Dora Silber. Her parents owned Silber's Bakery. Rosalie graduated from Western High School and enrolled at Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. After serving as a nurse during WW II, she married William Abrams, a real estate broker in Baltimore,...
Topics: Maryland--Politics and government, Public welfare, Civic leaders, Legislators, Nurses, Political...
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Tillie De Leon on May 24 and June 1, 2001 in Mercer Island, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. An independent, intelligent, and industrious woman, Tillie De Leon is the matriarch of the original Peha family in Seattle, Sephardic immigrants from the Greek Island of Rhodes. One of the first Sephardic children born in Seattle, Tillie's ground-breaking life continued when she left her close-knit...
Topics: Sephardic, Career, Peha matriarch
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Zeesy Raskin's paternal grandparents journeyed from Russia to settle in Israel before immigrating to the United States at the turn of the century. The small Jewish community in Barre Vermont was advertising for a kosher butcher and a teacher. Her grandfather found employment there. He and his wife raised seven children. All four sons became Rabbis, including Zeesy's father. In Chabad Lubavitcher tradition a rabbi is someone who devotes his life to studying Torah, Jewish laws and traditions....
Topics: Vermont, Chabad, Rosh Chodesh, Gan Yeladim
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Esther Eggleston on April 3, and May 3, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Widowed at age 36, Esther Eggleston managed single motherhood and work as the first female executive administrator of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, serving three rabbis and a growing membership of almost 1,000 families during her 23 years of service. Born in St. Louis in 1905, Esther's family moved to...
Topics: Single Parent, Firsts, ORT Award, executive administrator, Temple de Hirsch Sinai
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At the core of whatever Deborah Markowitz does in her private and public life is the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, a Hebrew phrase that means, 'repairing the world.' Deborah, born in Tarrytown, NY in 1961, grew up in White Plains. Both sides of her family emigrated in the early part of the 20th century from the Ukraine and Slovakia. They had absolutely nothing when they arrived, but all the children grew up and became professionals. Music was important in their lives. Her grandmother was an...
Topics: Vermont, tikkun olam, Municipal Law center, Vermont Secretay of State
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Mildred Rosenbaum on August 8th and 9th, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. A social worker, teacher, and political activist, Mildred Rosenbaum worked for many Jewish and secular organizations to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate. Mildred was born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1942 from the...
Topics: Activism, Zionism, Education
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Hinda Miller on December 5 2006 in Burlington, Vermont as part of DAVAR's oral history project. Hinda Miller was born in Montreal, Canada 1950. Her grandfather had come to Canada in 1919 to close a failing Montreal furniture business owned by his uncle. Growing up in Montreal was a great experience for Hinda. The family was part of a large Jewish community and belonged to a Conservative Synagogue called Shaar...
Topics: Vermont, Champlain Shakespeare Festival
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Oral historian Elaine Eff interviewed Shoshana Shoubin Cardin on August 30, September 4 and 7, and October 3, 2001 at her home in Baltimore County, Maryland as part of the Jewish Women’s Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Known by presidents and prime ministers, Shoshana Shoubin Cardin has achieved iconic status in the world of international Jewish diplomacy. The daughter of chalutzim (pioneers), Shoshana was born in 1926 in Palestine and came to the United States a year...
Topics: Halutzim, Jewish international diplomacy, pioneer, Zionist, Labor Zionism
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Deborah Ross interviewed Phyllis Greenberger on March 14, 2011 in Washington, D.C. as part of the Jewish Womenâs Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Phyllis Greenberger is President and CEO of the Society for Womenâs Health Research, a national non-profit organization founded in 1990 to improve the health of women through research, education, and advocacy. Thanks to the efforts of Phyllis and her organization, today scientists recognize that women are different from men in many...
Topics: Jewish women in Washington, D.C., Health, Medicine, Women in the Workforce
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Rosalie Harris on April 10, 2007 in St Johnsbury, Vermont as part of DAVARâs oral history project. Rosalie Harris was born in Montreal in 1919 to parents who immigrated from Poland and Romania at the turn of the century. Her mother died when she was seven years old. Their father raised Rosalie and her sister alone. At age nine and ten, the two girls shouldered responsibility as caretakers for their home in Montreal....
Topics: nurse, Montreal, Caledonia Health Agency, interfaith
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Ann Zinn Buffum and Sandra Stillman Gartner, project directors, interviewed Madeleine Kunin on May 1, 2006 in Burlington, Vermont as part of DAVAR’s oral history project. Madeleine May Kunin was born in Zurich Switzerland in1933. In 1940, Madeleine, along with her widowed mother and brother Edgar, escaped the Nazis in Switzerland and immigrated to the United States. Her mother never remarried and raised the two children on her own. After a short time in California, the family settled in...
Topics: immigrant, Vermont governer, Lieutenant general, Deputy secretary of Education, equitable education
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Oral historian Pamela Brown Lavitt interviewed Ruth Peizer on June 18 & August 6, 2001 in West Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Ruth Peizer's love affair with Yiddish began when her parents, Riva and Abraham Immerman, sent their only child to Chicago's Arbeiter Ring [Workmen's Circle] school at age nine, and then to the Sholem Aleichem Institute where she graduated valedictorian at age 18. Since moving to (West) Seattle in...
Topics: Yiddish, Education
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A pioneer in residential real estate, Fiola Blum founded a thriving company that bears her name in an era when few women were successful real estate entrepreneurs. Born in Baltimore in 1911, Fiola married her husband, Jimmy, in 1930. After moving with their two sons, James, Jr. and Harry, into a custombuilt home in Northwest Baltimore, she started her professional life as a "kitchen broker." She worked for several real estate agencies before going into business with her husband in...
Topics: Women real estate agents --Maryland --Baltimore, Real covenants --Maryland --Baltimore, World War...
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Oral historian Roz Bornstein interviewed Missode Israel Piha on June 28, 2001 & September 6, 2001 in Seattle, Washington as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project. Born in Tishmay near the Isle of Rhodes, Greece where she was raised, Missode Piha spent her childhood in a tight-knit Sephardic family of which her father was Hazzan [cantor]. In 1928, she met and married her husband, Sam, an American visiting his family in Rhodes, and leaving her family...
Topics: Sephardic, Volunteer